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Friday, January 26, 2007 What's the point? Got this from two friends this morning, so I'll pass it on to you lovely people.
We live life so wrapped up in much to do about nothing. Everyday we go through the motions, doing more of the same, while secretly wishing we could have, do and be so much more. But more of what?
Have you ever stopped to really think about WHO you are... WHY you're here and WHAT really matters to you?
For most people life is just a series of non-meaningful moments filled with stress, strain, struggle and resistance to what is. Yet life is experienced almost on auto-pilot... like we're driving cross-country asleep at the wheel.
What would happen if you suddenly woke up?
Who would you find living in your skin?
The baby boomers started out down a path of self-discovery... in pursuit of the age old questions... "Who am I?"... "Why am I here"... "What's the point to it all?"... yet they ended up cashing-in their free-spirited search for what the generation before them proclaimed as the way to security. A 9-5 existence where you traded your dreams for a steady paycheck and that secure financial future that was paramount to a good life.
But look at us now. We've got it all yet nothing really matters... nothing seems to truly make us happy... nothing satisfies those eternal questions still deep inside our soul.
Life speeds by... everyday bringing more to do, bigger demands and less satisfaction. Yet most of us don't even notice. We're too busy living our autopilot lives to even realize what's happening. We're blind to the fact that our most precious commodity, time, is falling through our fingers like the raging waters at Niagara Falls.
And those things that we want... really want... if we even know what they are... become less and less a part of who we are to the point that we become so numb we don't even notice the years... the decades... that go by with almost nothing to show for it.
Is this all there is? Is this as good as it gets? Is there a point to it all?
I think back to days gone by... other times before our amazing discoveries, inventions and conveniences. Were the people who lived in those days actually alive? Alive from the inside out? In other words, did those people know what it was like to actually live instead of just going through the motions, struggling to make ends meet and spending most of our time asleep on autopilot?
Throughout history there have been those who stood for something... who pursued a life of purpose and savored the magic in the moments. These are people who line the pages of our history books, family bibles and community archives. Their stories give us chills... to imagine the feeling of such incredible contribution. Because isn't that what our soul craves after all? A life of purpose?
If you dropped off the face of the earth today, would it matter? Outside of a few friends and family, would anyone even know you were no longer here?
Imagine for a moment what it would feel like to live every day truly ALIVE with purpose and passion. Imagine the feeling each night as you climbed into bed, knowing that today you made a difference.
What untapped greatness lies trapped inside of you?
If you could have, do or be absolutely anything... what would it be?
WHO would you be?
Isn't it time you woke up and lived a life that actually matters? Even if it's a life that only matters to YOU?
Otherwise, you'll continue to pay the price of life without purpose... going through the motions without ever enjoying the payoff.
It's not about what you can get... but instead about what you can give. You were designed with a unique purpose that only you can fulfill. There's greatness inside of you just waiting to be unleashed.
Look at your life. Discover your passion and blaze your own path to whatever makes your heart sing. Wake up. Pay attention in this moment and every moment--as this my friend, is your life.
This is your wakeup call. You'll never get this moment back. Today is all there is. Yesterday is over, just a fleeting memory and tomorrow doesn't exist. Now, today, this moment is your only point of power.
You can have and do and be what you want... what you really, really want... but only if you make the decision to wake up and live... really live.
Your life starts NOW. Will you seize the moment or go back to sleep and continue your pursuit of nothing? It's your choice. Live well.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Trigger Happy Just as we have 'buttons' that set us off, we can have buttons that set us on.
You may have read it or heard it on the news on Monday. Supposedly it was "Blue Monday" the most depressing day of the year. With bills coming in from Christmas shopping and resolutions all but gone, it's no wonder everyone is so down.
Actually, it's no wonder I never listen to the news.
I didn't talk about it then because, unlike the news, I have no need to spread depression and fear. Imagine starting off your day just as wonderful as all the others when you hear that silliness. Just imagine the turn for the worse that the news would generate.
Misery creating company.
Well, here it is two days later and everything is just as wonderful as before.
There are no resolutions, only goals.
And happy memories of the people we cheered up at Christmas time.
Bills... bills... bills. So what?
How many of you have actually said 'thank you' to your bills?
I didn't think so.
We're kind of ungrateful in that regard. We like our amenities, electricity when we flick the switch, water when we turn the faucet... we just hate having to pay for it.
Well, you could always get your own generator and drill your own well.
Instead of thinking about the bills, and generating thoughts of debt... turn it around and be thankful for all the luxuries that you have... and be glad that you are healthy enough and abundant enough to afford them. Remember that there are millions of people with no electricity, who have to travel miles just to fetch some water.
There is a great power to thankfulness... and the bills that like to come by regularly can help serve as a reminder just how lucky we really are.
Read all about Matthieu Ricard, a Nepalese monk, who is thought to be the happiest man in the world. He can teach us all how to trigger happiness whenever we wish.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Gold Light and Green Love I'd been down this road before. It was different then, at least the reasons. The invaders had come from the outside, tearing down the walls of the Towers and our sense of security.
Those months after September were rough for my friend "T". He watched as people fought and lost the battle for their lives. His livelihood was gone too, because the hotel where he had worked didn't even have doors to close. Being 3,000 miles away all I could offer him were words of encouragement and some 'green' to help him pay his bills. He admitted that he would never be able to repay me... and I told him that he would.
"Just make it through this, my friend," I told him "Just grow old with me."
But life doesn't want to play fair.
He's back to fighting for his life, yet this time the invaders are attacking from the inside.
I listened to him on the phone, repeating in quiet monotone what the doctors had told him... about Cutaneous B-cell Lymphoma... and the tests that lie ahead. I could tell his fear was much like it was five years ago... despite the levity he tried so hard to muster.
How could I help him besides just lending him an ear?
A thought occured to me. I remembered an article about Xanthohumol and cancer cells. XN is this new product that I've been taking for the last several weeks. I bragged about it recently because I lost 10 pounds... but could it be more? Could this 'green' actually mean more than money?
I didn't hesitate to mail off a bottle to him. I don't know if it will do anything but give him hope... and maybe that's enough... but if it really delivers what the promises look like, then the purpose for my involvement will be so much clearer.
Do I want to make gobs of money off of selling the product? Well, duh... why sell otherwise, right? But that's not it... not here... not now...
We're just not old enough to say goodbye.
So please keep "T" in your thoughts tonight. Send him the gold light, while the green love is on its way.
Monday, January 22, 2007 Manifest your future's past Build a future with a past you can be proud of.
Often times when we visualize our future, we come smack dab into a wall of fear. That ends up generating all these other thoughts that are completely the opposite of what we're trying to see.
It happened to a friend of mine recently, so I gave him this advice...
To get past the wall of fear, get past the event as well.
Instead of visualizing the event of the thing you want most... fast forward to 30 years after that. Imagine you're being interviewed about your life, and as you look back upon it, you can see the event you always wanted 30 years ago.. and that silly wall of fear 30+FIVE years ago.
Look back and see how the wall didn't stop you from getting what you wanted.. and how on THIS side of that wall, life is so much better.
Run the interview over and over in your head. Manifest IT as surely as you will manifest your dreams.
Remember it's just a wall... and walls can be climbed over, dug under, or torn down.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Jsut Becuase... As part of my minute mentoring at work, I shared this with my mentee. You may have seen it before, but it's still amazing:
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Usually that's where people end... with a 'wow, that's interesting!' but don't take the time to learn from it.
All too often, we live with typos in our lives. We figure that as long as it works, everything will be fine.
But the fact of the matter is, it isn't fine. These little 'imperfections' can come back and sabotage our success. Not that it needs to be 'perfect' but it does need to be 'right' in order to meet the needs of whatever we're trying to achieve.
If we live with things that are substandard, we can't expect excellence in our results.
Take the time now to question everything, even if it's working out great. Look for the typos and make corrections.
Thursday, January 11, 2007 To be... The greatest gift we can give ourselves is permission just to be.
As much as things have been changing, they've also been staying very much the same... and as much as things have been staying the same, they've very much been changing.
There have been quite a lot of opportunities floating around me lately. Many of which have been light fireflies in the night. They come on and light up the night, only to disappear as soon as you gaze upon them.
At first they seemed to be answering my declaration that my spiritual side and my corporate side would be coming closer together (i.e. Living more authentically)... but they were paper flowers after all.
And yet, the Universe doesn't forget the declarations. It knows the HOW better than I do... and lately, out of the blue, the corporate side has been recognizing the spiritual side; and some people have even encouraged it.
One terrific manager I know asked me, "and why aren't we utilizing this wonderful talent of yours?" It's a good question. One that, if acted upon, can change many lives; especially mine.
I've also spoken out more to the people in the cubicleland near my studio... and I've been asked to come around every morning for just a few minutes of guruisms each morning. Not sure if I'll make it every morning, but every chance I get to start the day off brighter, I'll take it.
So often we live in fear that others will judge us for just being who we are; for living the way we want to live. Once we get passed that, into that space of just Being, then fear and the opinions of others won't matter.
Remember my last post, BE more. That's the real key to freedom. BE-ing.
Sunday, January 07, 2007 Do Less to Be More Sometimes doing less helps us to be more.
The theme for 2007 hasn't crept up on me, it leaped (and it's not even a leap year). I started off the year, mapping out my hopes and dreams, converting them over to action plans and fodder for manifestation... and was just feeling tired lately.
I've been doing-doing-doing non-stop since the beginning of the holiday season... but as I stopped to reflect on that, I realized that I rarely stop 'doing' any time of the year.
Now I've accomplished A LOT last year. In fact, I checked off all of my goals on my list... but I realized that I also spent way too much time DOING more than I needed to. I was giving myself so little time to just BE.
I had a very insightful dinner Friday night with a friend, coming up with so much to think about. Some of them were:
We are Human BEINGS not Human DOINGS
Gentle isn't weak
The Dalai Lama doesn't use forms
Some things just ARE and need to be experienced as such
Now that doesn't mean I'm going to stop creating what I'm creating, but it does mean a drastic shift in my approach and my choices.
Rather than focus on all that I don't have (all the new ideas for books and websites) I'm going to put my attention to converting all the things I DO have into more marketable formats.
If you've been following along, you'll see that I was already DOING that... so now it's time to focus on BEING that as well.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007 The past is a present The past is the box that the present came in.
I've had the extreme pleasure of having a good friend visit me from New York. He hadn't been in LA in years; I always see him when I go back East. So really, up until now, 'catching up' has been more about the growth in his life than in my own. I'd visit his new company, go to his new home; he never really saw what I've been doing first hand. Seeing his reaction made his visit all the more special.
I have a good life; not in-your-face-spectacular, but very much ME... comfortable, filled with personality, and goodness. Probably my most favorite of his comments was "wow, it's so grown up!"
That shows you how much time we've known each other.
Flashback to our 20's and you'd see us sitting in a coffee shop, or walking through Central Park talking about our hopes and dreams. Our lives are different than the stories we told ourselves, but really, in many ways, they're just different versions that played out.
It's great to keep those connections going, because through the process of reminiscing, it rekindles some of the original passion and helps to adjust the course back to some of those budding dreams.
Dreams are like seeds. They may be small and old, but once given nurturing and love, they can spring back to life. That's the real gift of the present. All it takes is love and time.
Monday, January 01, 2007 Happy New You A new year is like a blank canvas, waiting for you to paint your masterpiece.
Well, Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had your chance to celebrate another year last night and are looking forward to a brand new one.
There's something about a new year that's exciting. Resolutions are in the air and everyone is fired up to make positive changes in their lives.
It's just really important NOT to make New Year's resolutions, but rather Life Changing Revolutions. Resolutions have a bad reputation of having an expiration date. No one really blames you for quitting in February; in fact they applaud you if you make it to March.
The main focus needs to be on the New You, not the New Year. Think about where you want to be New Year's Day next year... who do you want to be... how do you want to live?
A New You is an every day thing. I've vowed to keep being the person I like, and just stop doing the things that stop me from being all that I can be.
I've created a calendar to help me do that. I'll be adding forms to it over the year and making it even better. For those that buy it, the new forms are free.
It's important to write out your goals and come to understand why you have them, what you want with them and what you want to get from them. Otherwise, we'll rely on our old habits, getting the same results we've always gotten. If we're happy with that, great! If not, there's no time like the present to be who you're going to be in the future.